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Introduction by Chris Womersley
Our minds are like those maps at the entrance to the Metro stations in Paris. They are full of unilluminated directions. But when we know where we want to go and press the right button, the route is illuminated before us in electric clarity.
Diana von Flugel warned her husband: a piece of toast that hard could break a tooth. When Diana goes to Melbourne to have the tooth fixed, Wolfie is far too concerned with finding inspiration for his musical compositions to realise the chain of events he has just set in motion. On Collins Street, Russell Lockwood catches a glimpse of his childhood friend and knows at once that she is a rare woman…
Now Diana and Wolfie’s marriage is under threat, the Great War is approaching, and no one quite knows where their hearts belong. First published in 1957, the third novel in Martin Boyd’s celebrated Langton Quartet is a beguiling comedy of manners about the outbreak of love in inconvenient places.
This edition of Outbreak of Love comes with an introduction by Chris Womersley.
‘His characters are wise, witty and relevant…[Boyd’s novel is] an indispensable glimpse into the social and political mores of upper-middle class Melburnians in the years leading up to World War I.’
‘A spirited and highly accomplished novel, done with the most engaging liveliness and intelligence.’